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Stripping Milk Paint

Posted by Richard Luedee on March 26th, 2003 01:04 PM
In reply to milk paint by Henry in MI on September 30th, 1999 08:23 AM [Go to top of thread]

I can't believe how poorly people cover the subject of milk paint. I too have hardwood with an initial coating of milk paint. Methylene Chloride is useless. The only option is caustic strippers. The problem is that these tend to leave the wood darkened or blackened. The only solution is to lighten it some way. Several people mentioned using oxalic acid. They say this will tend to restore the natural wood grain damaged when using the caustic stripping agent (i.e., Peel Away 1). I can attest to the effectiveness of caustic stripping agent on milk paint - it works. I have yet to compare the results after lightening the stripped wood versus sanding. It is a shame that people used this crap. Anybody who uses this stuff on high quality hardwood should be scolded. Good luck...

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